Michael Darby

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Michael Rucker Darby was born in 1945 in Dallas, Texas.


  • A.B., Senior Fellow, Dartmouth College (1967)
  • M.A., Economics, University of Chicago (1968)
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago (1970)

He was from 1964 to 1982 Vice President and Director at Paragon Industries, a company founded in 1948 by Frances and J.J. Darby. [1]

Michael Darby is Professor of Policy. He currently serves as the Warren C. Cordner Professor of Money and Financial Markets in the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and as Director of the John M. Olin Center for Policy in the Anderson School. Concurrently he holds appointments as Chairman of The Dumbarton Group, Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Adjunct Scholar with the American Enterprise Institute. In 1977/78 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

Both Michael Darby and Thomas Hopkins were on the 'Academic Advisory Board' of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution's Center on Regulation and Economic Growth. Merrick Carey (then president of AdTI) wrote on February 8, 1994 to Philip Morris that they planned to immediately activate their key Advisory Board members for a pro-tobacco campaign. He specifically mentioned their 'Center on Regulation and Economic Growth'.

Documents & Timeline

1994 Aug A Alexis de Tocqueville report "The EPA and the Science of ETS" has been funded by the Tobacco Institute. The author was Adjunct Scholar Kent Jeffreys, and the senior reviewer was S. Fred Singer, a Professor of Environmental Science (on leave from the University of Virginia) and a Senior Fellow at the Institute. The final report was scheduled to be complete mid-June and it would be entitled "Science and Environmentalism".

A confidential memo by the president of the Tobacco Institute, Samuel D. Chilcote, Jr., described how this secret tobacco-funded report was being used in legislative lobbying:

This morning Reps. Peter Geren (D-TX) and John Mica (R-FL) held a press conference announcing the release of a study by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution that evaluates the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) scientific principles used to justify policy decisions. Geren and Mica were joined by Cesar Conda, executive director of the de Tocqueville Institution and coauthors Dr. S. Fred Singer and Kent Jeffreys." [2]

"Press coverage included States News Service, Stephens Publishing and Cable Congress. Several congressional staffers also attended, copies of the Geren/Mica "Dear Colleague" letter, press release and the study are enclosed."


This report is part of a larger coordinated effort to blindside the EPA. A "panel of experts" was assembled to "peer-review" the report. Naturally the majority were people with identified links to tobacco-funded institutes and think tanks, and some who share the same small set of funders.

Academic Advisory Board:

Senior Staff and Contributing Associates
Rachael Applegate,   Bruce Bartlett,   Merrick Carey,   Cesar Conda,   Gregory Fossedal,   Dave Juday,   Felix Rouse,   Aaron Stevens

Ten of the 19 names of the Academic Advisory Board are members of the Cash for Comments Economists Network. At this time S. Fred Singer was a Senior Fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute, but they chose not to credit him with such close links.

These attempt to link the tobacco industry's problems to arguments about climate change were part funded by the Olin Foundation, Koch Family Foundations and Scaife Foundations.

  • 20 page Draft document sent to the Tobacco Institute [4]
  • The release about the final report (August 11 1994) It is now an attack on "environmental regulation" -- ETS, radon, pesticides and agricultural regulation, and the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program ... and based, supposedly, on the quality of the science used by the EPA. [5]
  • The final report was called Science, Economics, and Environmental Policy: A Critical Examination.' It had the approval of the Cash for Comments Economists Network. [6]

See also

Books & Monographs

  • Michael R. Darby, "Macroeconomics: The Theory of Income, Employment, and the Price Level", McGraw-Hill, 1976, ISBN 0070153469
  • Michael Parkin, Michael R. Darby, "Have Controls Ever Worked? The Post-War Record", The Fraser Institute, 1976, ISBN 0889750033
  • Michael R. Darby, "The Effects of Social Security on Income and the Capital Stock", American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1979, ISBN 0844733296
  • Michael R. Darby, "Intermediate Macroeconomics", McGraw-Hill, 1979, ISBN 0070153485
  • Michael R. Darby, James R. Lothian, and Arthur E. Gandolfi, Anna J. Schwartz, Alan C. Stockman, "The International Transmission of Inflation, A National Bureau of Economic Research Monograph", University of Chicago Press, 1983, ISBN 0226136426
  • Michael R. Darby, "Labor Force, Employment, and Productivity in Historical Perspective", Monograph and Research Series, No. 37, Los Angeles: U.C.L.A. Institute of Industrial Relations, 1984. ISBN 0892151218
  • Michael R. Darby and Michael T. Melvin, "Intermediate Macroeconomics", Scott Foresman, 1986, ISBN 067315999X
  • Michael R. Darby, John E. Anderson, "Reducing Poverty in America: Views and Approaches", Thousand Oaks, 1996, ISBN 0761900071

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